Spring 2019 - Employment and Money Issue

From the Editor

2019 Spring WestView 1Download PDFMoney. Jobs. We all need them – whether we like it or not. Some believe that money makes the world go ‘round. Others say money can’t buy happiness. Maybe the truth lies somewhere in between.

Whatever your feelings are concerning money, we all need it to make a living in today’s society. It is a necessary evil, one might say. To make money, one needs some sort of employment. And many people would argue that to acquire a meaningful, high-paying job, one needs an education beyond high school.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017, the employment rate was higher for young adults (ages 25-34) with higher levels of education. For example, the employment rate was highest for those with a bachelor's or higher degree (86 percent). The employment rate for those with some college (80 percent) was higher than the rate for those who had completed high school (72 percent), which was, in turn, higher than the employment rate for those who had not completed high school (57 percent). 

And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data consistently show that the more you learn, the more money you earn. However, there are many different paths to getting an education, a rewarding job and the money that comes with it. That process varies for every person.

In this Employment and Money issue, contributors have written about many different facets of jobs and money – from certificate programs in applied technology fields at Salt Lake Community College, to the importance of volunteering to build up your resume, to the challenges of finding employment after incarceration.

Our collective education and employment experiences are as diverse as we are as a community, but we all need to make a living to have our basic needs met and to live fulfilling lives. It is our hope at The West View, that some of these stories can help you in that quest.






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